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It's official: IBM is up and running in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's official: Dubuque's newest large employer is moved in and operational. IBM's new service center in the historic Roshek building downtown is now partially operational. On Tuesday morning, the company held a public reception and ribbon cutting.

The Global Services Delivery Center is now among IBM's 80 worldwide. With the large, global competitor now calling downtown Dubuque home, the city is looking at continuing the trend.

Around 400 people welcomed ibm to Dubuque during the ceremony. It's a triumph for the city that competed with many others to snag "Big Blue".

"Because of this bold project, there are a lot of eyes on both Dubuque and IBM. Quite frankly, there are even a few skeptics from much larger cities," Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol said.

But Buol says this day is proof of success and no mistake.

"IBM and Dubuque will prove to the world that good decisions aren't luck. God decisions are the result of committed people with common goals," Buol said.

IBM officials agree and say Dubuque was and is a strategic business move.

"The expertise that we have seen and continue to see in response to our needs has been overwhelming," Dubuque IBM Site Manger Diane Diggelmann said.

"In these uncertain economic times, this is a time when leadership companies need to lead. There are opportunities to be had here, so getting here first, getting the best supply of the talent ensures us a competative position in the longrun," IBM Senior Vice President Mike Daniels said.

Employees working inside say they're excited to be in the original crop of IT specialists.

"It's a pretty awesome opportunity. I really enjoy the people. There's quite a diverse number of ages and nationalities," Marc Demotta said.

"We will be better because of IBM, and IBM will be better because of us," Buol said.

IBM officials say they are on track to finish filling the 1,300 jobs by the end of 2010.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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